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Israeli forces detain Palestinian for allegedly planning attack inside Israel

June 3, 2016 6:38 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2016 5:47 P.M.)
An Israeli soldier leads a Palestinian man after he was arrested at a checkpoint near Ramallah in 2012. (AFP /Abbas Momani)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man Friday afternoon in the northern occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qasim, for allegedly planning to commit a "terrorist" attack inside Israel, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that Israeli police officers noticed a Palestinian "youth" crossing the street with a bag in his hand, which led the officers to suspect him. 

The Palestinian told Israeli police that he was carrying t-shirts in his bag, but after searching him, al-Samri said, they found two knives in the bag.

After further questioning the suspect, who was then identified as a 38-year-old man from the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, he told the Israeli officers he had intentions to carry out a "terrorist" attack inside Israel in the Sharon region, according to al-Samri.

The incident came a day after Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian woman at an Israeli army checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem, after she allegedly attempted to stab a soldier. 

More than 200 Palestinians and nearly 30 Israelis have been killed since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October.

The unrest has been characterized by a number of small-scale attacks, the majority of which targeted Israeli military personnel.

The 38-year-old Palestinian detained on Friday joined some 7,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli custodyincluding 750 being held without trail or charge in administrative detention, according to Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer.
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